Introduction Tens of thousands of women use buttock implant surgery each year in the US to enhance the appearance of their butt. Women want to have bigger and voluptuous buttocks, but not all of them get such buttocks naturally. Only three in ten women get bigger buttocks naturally. Given the trend of having bigger buttocks, many women opt to go under the knife. Buttock implant surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that increases the butt size by placing artificial implants into the buttocks. Buttock implant surgery is an elective procedure, and like all elective procedures, there are pros and cons. It is vital for the patient to do her research and know the benefits and risks of the surgery so that they can make a better decision. The pros and cons of the procedure can also differ from one patient to another, depending on their candidacy for the surgery. Below are the general advantages and disadvantages of buttock augmentation with implants. The surgery To understand the pros and cons of buttock augmentation with implants, it is essential for the patient first to know how the surgery is performed and what it involves. First off, butt implant surgery is recommended for patients wanting to get considerably large and voluptuous behinds. Buttock implants are available in different size options, which gives the patient a wide range to choose from according to her aesthetic goals. To get more benefits with the surgery, make sure to choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery. Also, make sure that the surgeon is experienced in butt implant surgery. The surgeon will determine your candidacy for the operation during the pre-operative consultation. The plastic surgeon will ask you about your goals, besides examining your buttocks and assessing your overall health. Based on the findings, he will then tell you if you are a good candidate for the surgery or not. If you qualify for the operation, then the surgeon will work with you to select a particular implant size for you. Butt implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia. After a board-certified anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will start the operation by making incisions on your buttocks. He will then insert the implant inside the buttocks through the incisions and put them under or within the gluteal muscle. In the last step, the plastic surgeon will suture and close the incisions. Your recovery will begin immediately after the surgery and continue for many weeks. The results of the procedure will become prominent after the post-operative swelling subsides and the incisions heal. This can take several weeks or even months to occur. Once the results emerge, your buttocks will look bigger, shapelier, and voluptuous. Pros of buttock augmentation with implants There are two leading benefits of buttock implant surgery, which is why most women choose to undergo the procedure. These benefits make buttock implant surgery more popular. – Permanent results The first benefit of buttock augmentation with implants is that you get permanent results with the procedure. Buttock implants are prosthetic devices. Unlike breast implants, butt implants are highly resilient and stronger and immune to deflations and ruptures. Made of semi-solid silicone material, these implants are highly durable and can withstand immense pressure and strain. As a result of these features, the implants will stay in your buttocks for a lifetime if rare but severe problems like capsular contracture and implant infection don’t occur. As of now, more than 90 percent of patients who get buttock implants have reported being happy with the sustainability of the results. The Brazilian butt lift enhances the buttocks by using the excess, unwanted fat in your body. It involves removal of the fat from different areas of your body through liposuction and then injecting the fat into the buttocks. The bad news is that your body may reabsorb some portion of the fat and massive weight loss after the surgery can shrink your buttocks again. As such, the results of fat transfer surgery may not sustain for a lifetime. The main advantage of buttock implant surgery is the sustainability of the results. You can expect your buttocks to remain bigger and voluptuous even many decades after the surgery. However, certain factors may trigger the need for removal or replacement of the implants. For example, if capsular contracture happens, you may need to have the implants removed along with the scar tissue. The same holds for implant infection, general dissatisfaction with the results, and change of aesthetic goals and desires. – Considerably bigger and voluptuous buttocks The second main advantage of buttock implant surgery is that it gives you considerably bigger and voluptuous buttocks, which fat transfer surgery doesn’t deliver. It is for this reason that this procedure is recommended for patients who want to get large and voluptuous buttocks and not those who wish to add mild projection but more shape to their buttocks. Buttock implants come in many sizes. The sizes range from small to medium and large to extra large. What this means is that you can choose a large implant if you want to get large buttocks. However, your choice of implant size will affect how your buttocks appear. To get better outcomes, be sure to select your implant size carefully. Ideally, the size of the implant should fit well inside your buttocks and accentuate your body outline and other physical features. – The buttocks can be made to look natural Even though there is no doubt that buttock implant surgery cannot deliver you entirely natural results, the plastic surgeon can use specific surgical techniques to make the buttocks look natural to a greater extent. To get natural results with this procedure, you should work with your plastic surgeon to carefully choose the implant size. Keep in mind that bigger is not always better for all people. For example, if the buttock implant is too large for your butt dimensions, the results will not look natural. Also, placing the implants within or under the gluteal muscle instead of over the gluteal muscle can make your buttocks look considerably natural. Achieving harmony between your buttock size and shape and your body outline is yet another factor that can determine whether your buttocks look natural after the procedure. Cons of buttock augmentation with implants When considering buttock augmentation with implants, you should also take the cons of the procedure into account. Knowing the drawbacks of the surgery will also help you set your goals and expectations. Below are the cons of butt implant surgery: – Not entirely natural results While the plastic surgeon can do everything to make sure the results are near natural, there is no doubt that buttock implant surgery does not deliver completely natural results. Since the operation involves the use of artificial objects to enhance the booty, the buttocks will not look entirely naturally augmented after the procedure. On the other hand, the results of fat transfer surgery are natural because it does not use artificial objects. – The procedure is relatively riskier Secondly, buttock implant surgery is riskier than fat transfer surgery. This procedure is highly invasive as it involves major incisions on the buttocks. Also, it involves the placement of artificial objects into your buttocks. The risks associated with the surgery include infection, excessive bleeding, blood clotting, capsular contracture, buttock asymmetry, abnormal scarring, etc. – Recovery takes longer Given that buttock implant surgery is more invasive and traumatic, the recovery period often takes longer. Even though the exact recovery period depends on the healing pattern of each patient, it generally takes six weeks for full recovery. – Scars on the buttocks The major and permanent side effect of buttock implant surgery is scarring. The incisions made on the buttocks during the operation will develop into scars after the procedure. In most cases, the scars develop normally and fade over time. However, they are there to stay with you for a lifetime. A good plastic surgeon can place the incisions strategically so that the scars are camouflaged or hidden and less visible. In rare cases, abnormal scars may develop that are raised, rough, and look aesthetically unwelcoming. Conclusion Buttock augmentation with implants comes with many pros and cons that I have discussed above. The patient must discuss the pros and cons of the operation with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Knowing the pros and cons of the surgery can not only help you make a wise decision but also help you prepare for the operation and the recovery. It will also help you set realistic, reasonable, and achievable goals.